What you're using is called a pass-through, Ted, and it's a great way to digitize video, if your camcorder includes this feature.
Unfortunately, you can't control you camcorders from Premiere Elements if you're using a pass-through, since the source camcorder isn't connected directly to your computer.
But otherwise, it sounds like you're doing everything right!
Yes, it obviously has pass thru but the trouble is that PE9 DOES control the transport. I cant stop it from doing this and it wont capture unless the transport is running.
Starting the capture runs the camera and stopping the transport on the camera also shuts down capture!
I tried PowerDVD and it does the same so I'm looking at others like WinDV that dont have a transport control.
When using the camera in pass-through, you will not want a tape in that miniDV camera, only the composite feed to it.
As mentioned, you will have no control over the VHS deck, as it only has the composite cables, which are one-way communication. I do similar with my A-D bridge. I start the Capture with my mouse, and immediately start playback with my deck's remote. With practice, there will be but 30 - 60 Frames of black at the beginning of that Capture, that are easily Cut from the Clip. That little lag also allows the deck to get up to speed too.
Without a tape in the camera, you should be able to do the Capture, with but a bit of mouse & button pressing. I keep the remote in my left hand, and the mouse in my right.
PS - I would also hook the camera to the AC mains, or have a freshly charged battery.
Yes but PE9 is insisting that I must have a tape playing in the camera.
If I dont have a mini tape in the camera, when I select "Capture" it asks for a tape to be inserted in the camera. PE has a mind of it's own -again!
This has nothing to do with the VHS transport.
I tried the free WINDv program and it works perfectly because it has a tick box to disable transport control.
Picture quality is actually slightly better than PE9 (Video from an old 1992 Panasonic video camera!)
The Sony Camera settings that work in pass thru are
AV+DV OUT = on
DISP OUT = LCD panel
Various posts say using a Mini DV camera is better than using standard alone converters because the AVI construction and compression is usually better.
You just need to turn off the Device Control for the capture, Ted. Then you'll be able to capture your pass-through video without a tape in your miniDV.
Sorry but that was the first question I asked!
Where can I "turn off" device control? I cant see it anywhere.
I also tried a free prog called CaptureFlux
It does an much better job than WINDV in handling tape drop outs and the occasional instability of my old tapes.
Not a flicker in a 1 hour video of my son's wedding recorded in 1987
I think it is a race against time to get the old stuff converted seeing you can't buy VCR players here any longer.
This is in 10 but should be same in 9. Edit > Preferences > Device Control > Devices: None.
Ted, is your OS Windows 7? (I'm curious to know if the other program you tried, CaptureFlux, worked in it). Also, are you using FireWire? or USB port?
Yes, OS is Windows7 64bit (i7 proc)
I am using firewire from my old Sony Handycam HC90. They end up saved as AVI files.
USB2 should be fast enough as 3 hours of AVCHD files transfer in much less than 3 hours and HD AVCHD seems about the same file size as SD AVI.(but maybe not)
PE creates a flicker with bad tape drop outs whereas captureflex hides them (probably by inserting pixels from previopus frames )?
I think I will give it a try. I found a web page that seems to be the owners: http://paul.glagla.free.fr/captureflux_en.htm does that look like the correct page to you? His latest version is 6.0, and looks like it was done in 2008. Do you know of a more recent version?
I'm also trying to find a fire wire card for my computer (Dell XPS 8300)
I don't understand why they wouldn't include the firewire card, considering this is a great computer for video editing. I guess most people are using their computers for gaming and streaming and watching DVDs, not making them.
I have been able to import using PE10, but it seems a little glitchy.
I'm also going to try an updated version of the motionDV studio that came with my Panasonic.